“Unaccounted cash worth Rs 1.48 crore has been seized. The cash was neatly packed in 94 packets/envelops on which the ward number, number of voters and the amount – Rs 300 per voter – were written. All these wards are within Andipatti assembly segment which is going to bypoll tomorrow,” said a senior I-T investigation official.
The premises belong to a functionary of AMMK party. The AMMK party office is functioning on the ground floor.
“The sworn statement of the person present on the premises was recorded. He stated that Rs 2 crore in cash was brought in for distribution among voters in Andipatti panchayat union area on April 16,” said the official.
Initially, a group of party workers overpowered the flying squad standing guard outside the premises, broke open the door and snatched some cash packets. Police had to open fire in the air. Dropping some packets, the miscreants fled with a few cash packets.
“All the remaining cash in 94 bundles (Rs 1.48 crore) was seized along with the envelopes. A postal ballot paper for Andipatti assembly by-election which was already marked for AMMK candidate was also found on the premises and was seized,” said the official.
The district collector and SP reached the spot and supervised the security. The district police have filed an FIR against a number of persons.